UBS Global Intraday Trading Index

Global Multi-Asset Index Using Next-Generation Intraday Volatility Control Mechanism.

What is the UBS Global Intraday Trading Index (“UBS GITI”)?

The Index offers a diversified access to global markets by investing in multiple asset classes across US, Europe and Japan.


The Index combines three asset classes: equities with intraday rebalancing across three time-zones, global bonds, and commodity.

UBS has taken its intraday trading technology originally developed for institutional clients and applied it to a risk control framework that uses the most up-to-date market information to quickly respond to changing equity market conditions in close to real time.

In addition to reacting intraday to market moves, the equities components of the Index use drawdown control which reduces equity exposure when the equities markets are experiencing significant intraday downside movements.

Ticker:

UBSGITIE Index

Previous day closing level:

222.3326

Single-day % change

-0.17%

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Index insights

Global Equities: Real-Time Risk Response

Innovative approach taking advantage of intraday trading technology across 3 time-zones to control risk and avoid drawdowns, with the potential to generate long-term outperformance


Global Bonds

Dynamic allocation mechanism across global bonds, providing resilience in rising rates environments


Commodity

Gold futures are used as a diversifying source of returns


Risk Control Overlay

Multi-layer enhanced volatility control mechanism targeting a 4.5% annualized volatility


What are the UBS GITI constituents?

The UBS Global Intraday Trading Index combines three asset classes: Global Equities with intraday rebalancing across three time-zones, Global Bonds, and Commodity. Each component (sponsored by UBS) provides exposure to its respective asset via futures contracts:

  • Global Equities: S&P 500®, Euro Stoxx 50® and Topix 100® futures
  • Global Bonds: US Treasury, German Bunds and Japanese Government Bonds futures
  • Commodity: Gold futures

Global Equities

Global Equities: Real-Time Risk Response

UBS is applying its intraday trading technology to the GITI Index in order to use the most up-to-date data to respond to changing market conditions in close to real time.

  • The Index can produce differentiated returns, by observing and potentially adjusting US, European and Japanese equity exposures at multiple points throughout the trading days across three different time zones.
  • The Equities component of the Index can react to the intraday performance of the S&P 500®, Euro Stoxx 50® and Topix 100® futures during each of their respective time zones, providing a timely volatility control mechanism.
  • If a large intraday downside move* occurs in any of the three equity markets, rapid intraday deleveraging will occur by reducing the futures positions in the portfolio and reallocating the proceeds to cash.
  • The target weight across the three regions is consistent with global equity benchmarks at, respectively, 55%, 30% and 15% for S&P 500®, Euro Stoxx 50® and Topix 100®.
  • Turnover controls are used to avoid excessive rebalancing.

Global Bonds

Global Bonds: Dynamic Bond Signals

Global Bonds allocation uses futures to gain exposure to the sovereign bonds of each country. It features a dynamic weighting mechanism that aims to adapt to different rates regimes.

  • The target weight of each country in the Global Bonds component is determined in line with the Global Equities basket.
  • Weights are adjusted to ensure that each sub-component contributes to the bond portfolio according to their realized volatility (up to a cap).
  • Sub-component weights are also adjusted utilizing a combination of bond signals (carry, trend and value), for more resilience to various rates environments.

Commodity

Commodity: Gold Futures

Gold Futures are used as a diversifying source of returns.

  • The Commodity component invests in gold futures by applying a 5% volatility targeting mechanism to the UBS CMCI Components USD Excess Return Gold Index.

Multi-Layer Volatility Control

UBS GITI Multi-Layer Volatility Control measures 1) the volatility of the Index over short time periods and 2) the volatility of the Index over a long time period, to target 4.5% volatility over both short-term and long-term time windows.

1. Short-term volatility control

  • Recent volatility of the Index is measured daily.
  • Multiple lookback windows, with different exponential decays, are used.
  • The highest realized volatility among the short-term volatility measures is taken to determine a preliminary leverage needed to target the desired volatility level.

2. Long-term volatility smoothing

  • The realized variance of the Index is measured daily over the prior 6 months.
  • This longer-term measure of variance is compared to the variance target and used to tilt the exposure level up or down to keep the realized volatility in line with its 4.5% target over the long term.

3. Final leverage

  • The final leverage is calculated daily, with turnover control in place to avoid excessive rebalancing.

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Selected risk considerations

  • The Index is not guaranteed to succeed at meeting its objectives.
  • The Index relies on a risk control methodology and could underperform indices that do not have a risk control overlay.
  • The intraday rebalancing of the Index can lead to underperformance when markets exhibit non-trending behavior. For example, if equities included in the index experience a sharp decline followed by a sharp recovery within the same day, the intraday drawdown control mechanism may cause the Index to underperform similar indices that do not have such an intraday drawdown control mechanism.
  • The Index has exposure to global equities, commodity and global bonds markets which may be volatile and decline in value.
  • Financial products linked to the Index will be exposed to the risks of those products.
  • Relative strength and trend-following strategies, including the Index, could underperform in mean-reverting markets.
  • By design, multi-asset indices tend to have lower correlations to equity markets. Compared to equity-only strategies, a global diversified multi-asset strategy may underperform in highly bullish equity markets.
  • Risks of multi-asset investing include but are not limited to market risk, credit risk, interest rate risk, and foreign exchange risk. Correlations of returns among different asset classes may deviate from historical patterns. Geopolitical events and policy shocks pose risks that can reduce asset returns. Valuations may be adversely affected during times of high market volatility, thin liquidity, and economic dislocation.
  • The Index uses leverage which may amplify market movements in both directions. Investors may be overexposed to negative market conditions and therefore bear amplified losses.
  • The Index is an excess return index and will not earn any cash reinvestment return.
  • The Index has a limited operating history and may perform in unanticipated ways.
  • Backtested performance and backtested allocations of the Index should not be taken as an indication of the future performance of, or future allocations of, the Index. The actual performance or component allocations of the Index may bear little relation to the backtested performance or backtested component allocations of the Index.
  • Disruption events may impact the calculation of the Index.
  • In calculating the performance of the Index, UBS deducts transaction and replication costs, each calculated and deducted on a daily basis based on predefined rules. The costs cover, among other things, rebalancing and replication. The total amount of transaction and replication costs is not predictable and will depend on a number of factors, including the leverage of the Index, which may be as high as 250%, the performance of the underlying components, and market conditions.
  • The Index performance reflects (i) a 0.50% per annum Index fee and (ii) transaction (based on notional positions) and rebalancing (based on turnover) costs at rates that may vary based on the underlying assets at the Index level and also within certain underlying assets. Because certain costs are based on turnover, such costs are not predictable and may increase substantially in the future, especially during periods of market stress. The transaction and rebalancing costs will reduce the potential positive change in the level of the Index and increase the potential negative change in the level of the Index.
  • Prior to investing in the Index or purchasing any products linked to (or based on) the Index, investors and consumers should seek independent financial, tax, accounting and legal advice.
  • Publicly available information on the Index and its methodology is limited. A copy of the Index methodology will be provided upon request through your advisor, broker or other professional financial representative.